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Press Release Archive

The growing evidence on standardised packaging of tobacco products

17 February 2015

The scientific journal Addiction has today published a collection of peer-reviewed research papers and commentaries that bring together key parts of the evidence base for standardised packaging of tobacco products from 2008 to 2015.

Plain packaging reduces 'cigarette-seeking' response by almost a tenth, says study

10 February 2015

Plain tobacco packaging may reduce the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes by almost 10% compared to branded packs, according to research from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol.

New study shows women have higher risk of injury than menafter more than three drinks

30 October 2014

A new study of emergency department patients in 18 countries, made available online today by the scientific journal Addiction, shows that the risk of injury caused by acute alcohol consumption is higher for women compared with men. While the risk of injury is similar for both men and women up to three 'standard' drinks (containing 16 ml or 12.8 g of pure ethanol), the risk then increases more rapidly for women, becoming twice the risk to men around 15 drinks and three times the risk to men around 30 drinks. In this study the drinks were reportedly consumed within six hours prior to injury.

What twenty years of research on cannabis use has taught us

07 October 2014

Wayne Hall, WHO Expert Advisor on addiction, reviews cannabis research since 1993.

WHO-commissioned report on e-cigarettes misleading, say experts

05 September 2014

World leading tobacco experts argue that a recently published World Health Organization (WHO)-commissioned review of evidence on e-cigarettes contains important errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations putting policy-makers and the public in danger of foregoing the potential public health benefits of e-cigarettes.

New review says current evidence suggests potential benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh harm

31 July 2014

A major scientific review of available research on the use, content, and safety of e-cigarettes has concluded that although long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are unknown, compared with conventional cigarettes they are likely to be much less harmful to users or bystanders.

Warning: Birthdays Can Be Bad for Your Health

22 July 2014

New study finds more than double hospital admissions for alcohol-related events around birthdays

Study finds one out of eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid use

07 July 2014

Rates of opioid-related death increased dramatically in Ontario between 1991 and 2010, rising from 12.2 deaths per million in 1991 (127 deaths annually) to 41.6 deaths per million in 2010 (550 deaths annually) - an increase of 242 per cent - according to a study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and St. Michael's Hospital.

Hazardous drinking in UK athletes linked with alcohol industry sponsorship

02 July 2014

New research from the University of Manchester (UK) and Monash University (Australia) shows a link between alcohol sponsorship and hazardous drinking in UK athletes.

UK supermarkets minimise price rises for the cheapest alcohol when taxes are increased

24 June 2014

Supermarkets in the UK could be hindering efforts to reduce harmful drinking by not fully passing tax increases onto the price of the cheapest beers and spirits, according to health and business researchers.